Two National Guardsmen who were deployed to Washington, D.C., during the unrest in wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody said they found glass shards in a pizza they ordered during their deployment.
The Post and Courier reported late Thursday that these troops were staying at the Marriott Marquis in the downtown area in the district. The report said that the glass shards were found “baked into the dough and cheese.”
The report said that the soldiers were told to by the National Guard to inform police about the incident, but the D.C. Metro Police said it was unaware of the situation. The report said that 500 troops were sent to Washington, D.C., during the unrest.
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Democrats in the district, led by Mayor Muriel Bowser, were less than welcoming to these troops and treated them, according to some critics, like an invading force.
Bowser criticized the administration for deploying the troops that she said had no “established chains of command” and expressed concern that their presence could lead to “dangerous confusion.”
“We saw in Washington, D.C., federal forces used in a political stunt to attack peaceful protests,” she told MSNBC. “We saw the American military moved around our country like toy soldiers to intimidate Americans.”
President Trump praised their service after ordering them to withdraw from the city.
The newspaper cited a report from the Department of Defense and said the soldiers’ names were not released. The paper pointed out that the department said that there has been an increase in threats directed at these troops since their deployment.
“The service members are okay. It was a single incident. Their command said the Soldiers were advised to file a report with local police department. From my understanding they chose not to. There is no additional information to report,” Capt. Jessica Donnelly, a spokeswoman for the S.C. National Guard, said in an email to Military Times.